Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Saint Martin's University is designed for working professionals like you. Because we are attuned to your need for flexibility, we offer evening courses year-round. 

Program highlights

The MBA curriculum is adaptable to recent graduates with professional experience. Students will emerge with analysis and skills tailored to their professional objectives. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Faculty have real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
  • Classes are offered in late afternoon or evening to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • The program operates on a five-term-per-year schedule. This enables students to complete the required coursework (assuming no prerequisites are required) in just over one year if they are taking two classes per term. However, most students complete the degree in 18 to 24 months.
  • Saint Martin's also offers a finance and accounting concentration that enables students with an undergraduate accounting degree to receive an MBA and have sufficient academic credentials to sit for the Certified Public Account (CPA) examination.
  • Saint Martin's also has business-focused study abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia.


Rolling admission and priority deadlines

The MBA program operates on a five-term-per-year schedule. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships, applications should be submitted by the priority deadline of the desired session.

Priority deadlines

  • Fall 10 (August–October) -- July 15
  • Fall 11 (October–December) -- September 1
  • Spring 10 (January–March) -- December 1
  • Spring 11 (March-May) -- February 1
  • Summer (May-August) -- April 15

4+1 dual degree

Saint Martin's University School of Business offers tracks specifically for Accounting and Business students who want to continue their education and complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree.

Research and internships

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities;
  • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to the business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea, and Japan;
  • 35-40% of students are offered a job at their internship site.


Candidates for the MBA degree must complete 36 total semester hours (12 courses). This consists of 27 semester hours (nine courses) of core work and nine semester hours (three courses) of elective work.

Prerequisites courses (0-15 semester hours)

MBA 500 courses listed below are for applicants without an undergraduate background in these areas. They do not count toward the awarding of the MBA degree.

However, prospective MBA students must have completed either these courses or their equivalent undergraduate courses prior to taking the core courses for which these courses are prerequisites.

  • MBA 500 Survey of Economics
  • MBA 501 Survey of Accounting Systems
  • MBA 502 Survey of Finance
  • MBA 503 Survey of Management and Marketing
  • MBA 504 Quantitative Methods for Management 

Core courses (27 semester hours)

  • MBA 601 Organization Theory and Behavior
  • MBA 602 Financial Planning and Control
  • MBA 603 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making
  • MBA 605 Business Analytics
  • MBA 622 Marketing Management
  • MBA 624 Human Resources Management
  • MBA 631 Operations Management
  • MBA 650 Strategy and Policy Analysis
  • MBA 661 Commercial Law

Elective courses (9 semester hours)

MBA students are required to take at least nine semester hours of elective courses. Students not pursuing the finance and accounting concentration can choose any three courses listed below provided the prerequisites have been satisfied.  

The MBA program allows students to take nine semester hours of elective courses at participating international partner universities in Europe and Asia. Participation in study abroad opportunities is limited and subject to a selection process.

  • MBA 620 Financial Institutions and Markets
  • MBA 623 Management Information and Control Systems
  • MBA 625 International Management
  • MBA 626 Consumer Behavior
  • MBA 627 Managerial Communications
  • MBA 628 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 630 Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 635 Risk Management
  • MBA 640 Project Management
  • MBA 665 Business Ethics and Society
  • MBA 670 Leadership and Change
  • MBA 695 Special Topics

Finance and accounting concentration students must choose any three of the following elective courses. 

  • MBA 628 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 662 Fraud Examination
  • MBA 663 Accounting Measurement and Disclosure
  • MBA 664 Financial Statement Analysis for Decision Making and Valuation
  • MBA 667 Internal Audit
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by ... Read More

Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin's is a member of the Independent Colleges of Washington. Read less